Tigers end pre-season on a high

08 March 2018 06:25:24 EST
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick.

Richmond appear to be ready for their premiership defence after signing off their pre-season campaign with a 70-point win over North Melbourne.

The Tigers, who had dominated Essendon in their opening JLT Community Series clash, did so again as they belted the Kangaroos 19.14 (128) to 8.10 (58) at Ikon Park.

The premiers forced turnovers with their relentless pressure and had 12 separate goal-kickers on the night in an even performance.

Shai Bolton put up his hand as Daniel Rioli's replacement for round one after racking up 15 possessions and kicking 1.3, having also booted three goals against Essendon.

Youngster Callum Moore will have impressed coach Damien Hardwick with his two goals, showing he could be an option as Jack Riewoldt's sidekick at times this year.

Midfielder Kane Lambert also went forward and booted four goals, while Josh Caddy added two. Caddy rotated heavily through the midfield and finished with seven clearances from his 20 possessions (12 contested).

North were disappointing but had a good outing from club champion Shaun Higgins who finished with 31 possessions and a goal.

Brad Scott's side gave up too many turnovers and will go into the new campaign without a pre-season victory.

Scott took the chance to test out his two main contenders to be the No 1 ruckman, with Todd Goldstein and Brayden Preuss having one half each.

Rookie defender Tom Murphy, who played just under a half, showed composure in a role across half-back while prized draftee Luke Davies-Uniacke worked his way into the contest and finished with 16 disposals.

The Kangaroos were only a point down at the first break but fell away as Richmond kicked five goals to one in the second term.

North Melbourne are 51/50 to win their round one clash with Gold Coast, who are 5/6. The Kangaroos are 93/100 with a 1.5-point start.

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